Strengthening the innovation community in South-East Europe: EIT Manufacturing creates hub in Athens, Greece
The European innovation network EIT Manufacturing is in the process of creating a new innovation hub, the Co-Location Center South-East, CLC SE for short. EIT Manufacturing is the manufacturing-focused Knowledge and Innovation Community within the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.
CLC SE is the sixth EIT Manufacturing hub and will serve eight countries in South-East Europe: Albania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Moldova, North Macedonia, Romania and Turkey. These countries are of key strategic focus for EIT Manufacturing and hold great potential for developing and strengthening of the European manufacturing industry. Currently, the Vienna-based hub serves the manufacturing industry community in these countries. During the ramp-up phase of the Athens hub, Vienna will continue in the lead to guarantee uninterrupted service.
In April, the roadmap for the set-up of the Athens-based EIT Manufacturing innovation hub was laid out in workshops.
The Athens hub will aim at accelerating cross-national synergies across the different players of the regional manufacturing ecosystems, including start-ups, scale-ups, manufacturing companies, solution providers, small and mid-sized companies (SMEs), universities, and research institutes. The target will be to extend the existing regional innovation network by attracting and welcoming more stakeholders from the local ecosystems to collaborate with EIT Manufacturing, so that, in turn, partners and members can benefit from fruitful collaboration in public-private partnership projects.
Apart from Albania and Moldova, the countries which the Athens hub future team will take care of are classified as either moderate or modest innovators according to the European Innovation Scoreboard and, therefore, are eligible for the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS). The EIT RIS offers innovators based in the targeted countries an additional level of tailored support.